My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

My Garden ~ planting and preparing garden beds

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My back tells me I’ve shovelled too much compost.  

mesculun-2.JPG chives-and-lettuce.JPG For the last three days, I’ve laboured, clearing garden beds and getting  plants into the soil as well as preparing for later sowings of other vegies . I’m encouraged by the sight of all those wriggly worms, large and small, burrowing and digging for all their worth. I’ve delegated them the task of doing the serious work.  

italian-herbs.JPG strawberry-3.JPG The old strawberry bed has had an overdue tidy-up and the runners now have nice sunny raised beds to grow in. Visions of lots of juicy red strawberries in time for Xmas, and jam-making …..  Still on my To Do List is a make-over of my Italian herbs in the pots.

kowinin-kowiniwini-potato-plot.JPG I’ve mentioned in previous posts I can’t imagine not growing potatoes. I planted Swift as the Xmas new potato. This season, I’m trying Kowiniwini and Maori  potatoes as additions to my small collection of heritage seeds. According to the information I got from the nursery about Kowiniwini is that it’s a good all rounder and keeper, crops well, is purple with white eyes. The Maori is round and large, with no inset eyes,has white flesh and a purple skin. I’ve been trying to get hold of King Edward seed potatoes. My Dad grew these when I was a kid. I’ll also plant Red Rascal later on.

I love to traipse around garden centres to see what’s new, read the labels and so on. Yesterday, I happened on a delightful floribunda rose Betty Boop. It struck a chord because of my mother’s given name and because I recalled her telling us once about similar sounding childhood nickname she was called by her brothers. I searched the history of this rose and found Betty Boop to have been a delightful Paramount pictures cartoon character in the 1930s – the time of Mum’s girlhood in England. I’ll buy this rose for Mum – she needs cheer in her life because of her declining health, and she does love her roses.  

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

15 thoughts on “My Garden ~ planting and preparing garden beds

  1. A Chara Jenny,

    really impressed this time. It’s encouaging to know that simply ‘a love of the game’ is alive and well. You might keep me posted on the potatoes – I was think somewhat different to you on that point. Personal choice reasons only. You may just have turned my head!

    Slán go foill
    peter

    [ps did Mum like the rose?]

  2. Ooh… strawberries in time for Christmas… That’s such a funny thought for me over here in the UK. I hope you get them though.

    Hope your back is okay now. Sometimes those heavy jobs don’t show themselves until a couple of days later. I’ve done something to my elbow at the moment (and I’m sure it’s rhubarb related!), so I had a quiet non-gardening weekend, but I hope to be back out next weekend. (Weather permitting…)

  3. Ah, those heavy jobs – tell me about it, Nezza. My back will survive (and so will I). Lifting and relocating my old rhubarb crowns is also on my To Do List, so I’ll bear your experience in mind and take care. Yes, strawberries and all the other berries appear on our tables at Xmas. We also love the cherries from the South Island (wonderful but expensive). Cheers, Jenny.

    Kia ora, Peter, you can be sure I’ll write about the potatoes – especially the new varieties. That’s the excitement, isn’t it … observing the growth of a plant and noting its characteristics in relation to your own situation. A love of gardening runs through the family – Dad kept us as a family in the ’50 and ’60s supplied with fresh home-grown food grown without sprays. I think I’ve sourced a local supply of King Edward seed. And yes, Mum likes the rose. Cheers, Jenny.

  4. Good to hear your back is surviving. It isn’t pleasant though, so I agree you should take care.

    Living in the the northern part of my state in the U.S. I can’t imagine strawberries for Christmas either. It seems so strange that it is spring where you are.

  5. Hi Jolynna, The cooking heat in the kitchen is too much during a warm summer day. We tend to eat light and like many other NZers, save the traditional turkey and pudding for a mid-winter ‘Xmas’ feast. I like to make up a festive platter of strawberries mixed with other red berry fruits. A simple finish after a barbequed meal – and of course, served with pavlova which wouldn’t be pavlova for us without strawberries, kiwifruit and cream. Cheers, Jenny.

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  7. How’s your back doing? I hope you’re not still sore!

  8. Lots better, thanks. I swim and that seems to help. How about your elbow?

  9. The elbow on the whole is much better thanks, although I sometimes forget and do something that makes me go ‘ow’.

    I’ve just noticed you mentioned pavlova…. I’m dribbling now. That’s one of my favourite ‘puddings’ ever. Especially strawberry pavlova…mmmm!

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  11. Hi Jenny;

    I have been away from blogging for a long while and just coming back to it. I have not posted publicly yet, just keeping a private journal, but thought to check in on you.

    You have quite a readership now. I so have enjoyed your posts on the garden, especially during my “gardening hiatus” in the winter months.

    I look forward to catching up with your more recent posts and following along as your garden grows this year.

    I take it you recovered from all the flooding? Are your new trees doing well?

    It took me all summer to finally clear an area for the new flowering trees I bought in early spring.

    Well, I will check back soon. Take care.

  12. Hi in21, how nice to hear from you again. I can count on the weather to create something to write about. No more floods lately – though that might change in the next day or two – we’re currently experiencing wet, north-easterly windy and humid weather coming down from the tropics. Fiji just experienced a cyclone. All the new trees (I include the fruit trees) are either fruiting and in leaf and have made a colourful start to their lifetime journey of minimising carbon emissions. I’m waiting for my pohutukawa tree buds to burst into their first lot of crimson flowers. This is our NZ christmas icon tree. I’m quite amazed about the readership. I really write for myself just as I used to do in my private garden diary. Blogging was an experiment, an excursion into the unknown. Garedning seemed a safe thing to to write about. I’m just an amateur gardener, so writing becomes an interesting challenge to keep a light touch as if I’m chatting to my sister, a neighbour or a friend. I’ve become mindful to detail my taken-for-granted references, of how I describe or explain things I do or observe for people elsewhere in the world who happen to read my posts. Do check back. Look forward to chatting again. Cheers, Jenny.

  13. Can I screen around and over the top of my strawberry patch to keep birds and bunnies out and still get enough sun to get a good crop?

  14. Fantastic publish. I had been checking out frequently this site and i’m encouraged! Helpful facts particularly the last step 🙂 My partner and i deal with these information lots. I’m looking for this kind of information and facts for a quite very long period. Thanks a lot as well as regarding success.

    • I’m encouraged by your comments. My garden is and always will be a work in progress. I often get lost in my garden only to emerge with a fresh idea or perspective about life. I have all these experiences and then ponder the lessons. Truth is that I learn from others – more often I learn from my gardening mistakes. Never any shortage of material to blog about.

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